FMDQ hosted the CEO/Publisher BusinessDay Media Limited, Mr. Frank Aigbogun, at a special ceremony in honour of his great contribution to the Nigerian Financial Market, during his first visit to the OTC Exchange’s new business premises, Exchange Place, on August 31, 2018. This was done in recognition and appreciation of the formidable collaborative relationship between BusinessDay Media Limited and FMDQ, made possible by the continued support and contributions of BusinessDay Media towards the achievement of the OTC Exchange’s mandate and desire to revolutionise the Nigerian financial markets.
Among those present at the Ceremony were Mr. Ayo Gbeleyi, former Commissioner for Finance, Lagos State, Dr. Wura Abiola, Managing Director, Management Transformation Limited, Mr. Boason Omofaye, Head, Business News, Channels Television and other key representatives from BusinessDay Media. The Ceremony was marked by interesting activities including a private tour of FMDQ’s “Q-Hub” – a state-of-the-art trading simulation room designed solely for students (across the primary, secondary and tertiary levels) enrolled on FMDQ’s flagship corporate responsibility programme – FMDQ Next Generation Financial Market Empowerment Programme (FMDQ-Next); its training rooms for the development of the OTC Exchange’s staff and capacity building for its markets stakeholders, and a walk-through of the depiction of FMDQ’s evolution timeline from inception to date. Other major highlights of the Ceremony included an “FMDQ HardTalk” session with Mr. Aigbogun on critical economic and political issues, a series of well-articulated goodwill messages and a presentation of a memento to the guest of honour.
Whilst delivering the Special Address, Mr. Bola Onadele, Koko, Managing Director/CEO of FMDQ stated, “we are proud to partner with the likes of BusinessDay who celebrates our little drops of water which, more important than promoting the brand, promotes our mandate and thus support our mission to empower the financial markets”. He further stated, “it was time to put the debt capital markets on the map of discussions as part of the wider plans to win the share of mind of governments, corporates, retail investors, amongst others, towards its potential to achieve exponential growth for the economy, and BusinessDay, without doubt, has continued to do a fantastic job”.
Mr. Aigbogun, during his remarks, expressed his delight and appreciation to the OTC Exchange for welcoming him to Exchange Place and honouring BusinessDay Media in such a grand manner. He commended the OTC Exchange for its exemplary initiatives which have continued to set the pace for the certain transformation of the Nigerian financial markets towards global competitiveness and reiterated the full commitment of BusinessDay Media to continue to play its part, in collaboration with and support of FMDQ, in the delivery of the nationwide desire for true and certain economic development.